The Daily Mail carried a story a few days ago which could portend a change in how (legal) immigrants are permitted into France and the more rigorous demands that may be placed upon them:
The lower house of the French parliament approved a bill that would allow immigrants to provide DNA samples in support of their applications to join relatives in France.
The National Assembly voted 91 to 45 to allow a trial run of DNA testing for immigrants until 2010 – a measure that critics say betrays France’s humanitarian values, and that even some Cabinet ministers dislike.
Is this new resolve among French parliamentarians due to the election of M. Sarkozy, or is France’s populace finally fed up with the chaos brought on by the immigrants’ behaviors and attitudes? Here’s a hint:
It is part of a broader immigration bill presented by Brice Hortefeux, a longtime friend of President Nicolas Sarkozy who heads the newly created Ministry of Immigration and National Identity.
A Ministry of “National Identity”??? Does the EU know about this?
The article goes on:
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The bill would allow consular officials at French embassies to request DNA tests from applicants seeking long-term visas to join their family members in France. The DNA tests would be voluntary.
So if the tests are ‘voluntary’ and those applying refuse to be tested, then would that mean their visas would be refused on those grounds? Can you picture riots at the French consulates?
Oh, and by the way, the person requesting the visa has to pony up the costs of running the DNA tests.
But that’s not all. One of the provision of this new piece of legislation also require that the applicants speak French or take French lessons.
The French legislature is definitely a few steps ahead of the U.S. in their thinking. In addition to DNA testing and language requirements, the government is leaning on the police to expedite the process of deportations for illegal immigrants.
Well, it’s not a done deal yet. Their Senate still has to approve it so perhaps the downward immigration spiral will continue unimpeded. We’ll find out in October.
As you can imagine, all of this is going down with France’s left wing like medicine down a cat. A lot of resistance, followed up by hissing, spitting, and a well-placed claw. And then the pill would be lying in a puddle on the floor.
Which is what may happen to this legislation. However it turns out, the French deserve credit for beginning the long process of going up against the entrenched interests that want to keep the current mess in place.
Hat tip: HTP